At All Costs

What price victory?

The war with the Republic of Haven has resumed . . . disastrously for the Star Kingdom of Manticore. Admiral Lady Dame Honor Harrington, Steadholder and Duchess Harrington, the single victorious Allied commander of the opening phase of the new war, has been recalled from the Sidemore System to command Eighth Fleet. Everyone knows Eighth Fleet is the Alliance's primary offensive command, which makes it the natural assignment for the woman the media calls “the Salamander.” But what most of the public DOESN'T know is that not only are the Star Kingdom and its Allies badly outnumbered by the Republic's new fleet, but that the odds are going to get steadily worse. Eighth Fleet's job is to somehow prevent those odds from crushing the Alliance before the Star Kingdom can regain its strategic balance. It's a job which won't be done cheaply. Honor Harrington must meet her formidable responsibilities with inferior forces even as she copes with tumultuous changes in her personal and public life. The alternative to victory is total defeat, yet this time the COST of victory will be agonizingly high.

Cover art by David Mattingly
Interior map by Randy Asplund

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This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Weber, David, 1952-

At all costs / David Weber.
p. cm. — (Honor Harrington ; 11)
"A Baen Books Original."
ISBN 1-4165-0911-9 (hc)
1. Harrington, Honor (Fictitious character)—Fiction. 2. Women soldiers—Fiction. 3. Space warfare—Fiction. I. Title II. Series: Weber, David, 1952- . Honor Harrington ; 11.

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Honor Harrington:

On Basilisk Station
The Honor of the Queen
The Short Victorious War
Field of Dishonor
Flag in Exile
Honor Among Enemies
In Enemy Hands
Echoes of Honor
Ashes of Victory
War of Honor
At All Costs

edited by David Weber:

More than Honor
Worlds of Honor
Changer of Worlds

The Service of the Sword


Crown of Slaves (with Eric Flint)
The Shadow of Saganami

Mutineers' Moon
The Armageddon Inheritance
Heirs of Empire
Empire From the Ashes
Path of the Fury
The Apocalypse Troll
The Excalibur Alternative
Old Soldiers
Oath of Swords
The War God's Own
Wind Rider's Oath

with Steve White:

In Death Ground
The Shiva Option
The Stars at War
The Stars at War II

with John Ringo:

March Upcountry
March to the Sea
March to the Stars
We Few

with Eric Flint